List of Looted Nazi Art Published by Swiss Museum

Arutz Sheva 27 November 2014

After inheriting hoard of son of Nazi art dealer, Bern Museum publishes lists for descendants of owners to claim for first time.

A Swiss
museum published 
Thursday the first list of the more than 1,500 artworks hoarded during the Nazi era, which it inherited from a German recluse son of a Nazi art collector.

The Museum of Fine Arts in Bern listed a total of about 1,600 works, divided into 41 categories, including valuable paintings and sketches by Picasso, Monet, Chagall and other masters discovered at two homes owned by Cornelius Gurlitt.

Gurlitt, who died last May aged 81, was the son of an art dealer tasked by genocidal Nazi leader Adolf Hitler with helping to plunder great works from museums and Jewish collectors, many of whom were murdered in the gas chambers.

He left his vast collection to the Swiss museum, which after six months of negotiations agreed this week to take the works.

Around 500 works of dubious provenance will remain in Germany so that a government-appointed task force can continue its research on identifying the heirs.

Among the works on the list published Thursday were Claude Monet's "Evening landscape," a fruit dish still life by Picasso, and "Two women" by Renoir.

"We have promised transparency and are now acting accordingly. We are therefore happy to be able to release, only three days after deciding to sign the agreement, the information we currently have at our disposal," Matthias Frehner, head of the Bern museum, said in a statement.

He stressed that "the ongoing categorization has not been completed in full yet." The museum vowed to fill out the lists in the future, for instance by attributing more of the works to artists and improving the quality of the photos of the pictures.

The full list can be viewed here.

AFP contributed to this report.
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